Happy Holidays and New Year to all!
Stämbandet is taking a sabattical this winter and early spring. Stay tuned for spring developments.
Happy Holidays and New Year to all!
The first rehearsal for the Nordic Project is almost here. Interested singers, you have until Sunday to register.
What can happen when we invite singers to sing in Icelandic, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish? Will these singers feel their Nordic roots or wish for them? Will they melt with the lush harmonies? Will they sense a bit of the Nordic nature through the music?
We hypothesize that these guests in our midst will not only enjoy the humor and occasional zaniness of rehearsals, fall in love with this music, but also become a little bit Nordic. We hypothesize that so enamored by their experience, they will almost (but not quite) wish for darker winters so that the summer feels like a bit of paradise.
S T Ä M B A N D E T
The Scandinavian Vocal Band
Allen LeVines, Artistic Director
Monday, April 11th ~ 7:30pm
BERKLEE COLLEGE of MUSIC
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
A unique vocal band presenting the best
of traditional Nordic music, with a contemporary
edge. Led by Berklee faculty member Allen LeVines,
STÄMBANDET’s captivating sounds & rhythms
transcend all language barriers.
Our concert scheduled for this evening, Monday, February 8 at 7:30pm at Berklee has been cancelled due to storm.
THE NORDIC PROJECT
Join Stämbandet and sing with us in our spring concert!
The Nordic Project is an invitation to singers to enjoy the excitement of singing ensemble music from the Nordic world with Stämbandet - The Nordic Vocal Ensemble. Participants with part-singing experience will join Stämbandet in their Spring 2016 concert to perform an enchanting selection of music from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland
Stämbandet is a small, accomplished vocal group that presents music from across the Nordic region. From medieval to contemporary, the melodies are captivating, the harmonies are rich and layered. Singing these vibrant reflections of Nordic lore feels magical.
Registration and a $30 workshop fee are required to ensure your enrollment.
This fee includes all music, rehearsals, and coachings.
Participants are required to attend at least two of three scheduled rehearsals, held at the United Parish of Auburndale, 64 Hancock Street, Newton, Massachusetts (Riverside Green Line T-stop). Ample parking is available. Rehearsals take place from 7pm to 9.30pm:
1) Sunday, April 24
2) Sunday, May 1
3) Sunday, May 8 (note this is Mothers day)
The concert is May 15, 2016 at the United Parish of Auburndale, 64 Hancock Street, Newton, Massachusetts. Call time is 1pm, and the performance will be from 3pm to 5:30pm.
Selections for participating singers include:
Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu (Iceland)
Vi vandrar fram bland baldersbrå (Sweden)
There is no expectation for participants to memorize the music. No previous knowledge of Scandinavian music or language is required; we will teach you. We simply ask for your commitment to learn and perform five Nordic songs, attend at least two rehearsals, and have fun!
Malden, a city north of Boston, boasts Swedish roots in the past and now in its future. It is appropriate, therefore, that Stämbandet sing in Malden this winter, offering Nordic songs to celebrate the Nordic presence past and present.
Boda Borg, the reality gaming pioneer, has established its first USA location in Malden. Conceptualized in the 1990s in Sweden, Boda Borg has eight sites in Sweden and one in Ireland. On route to the rest of the world, it now exists as Boda Borg Boston.
Its about the quest, about fun, about teams, and about putting that altogether. A new force in Malden that appeals to ALL ages, Boda Borg also calls to an East Malden past, a Swedish community that had a strong presence that many remember.
So with Stämbandet celebrating Lucia Day to a community with Swedish roots just after the Boda Borg's opening, perhaps its time to reQUEST you all come and visit Malden
....for the Grand Opening of Boda Borg on October 10, 2015 and
....for our Window to a Nordic Yuleconcert on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4pm at St. Paul Parish.
In early 2015, Stämbandet participated along with 23 other amateur a capella groups in friendly competition as part of Sing that Thing! All 23 groups performed over five weeks in six episodes. We appeared in episode 2 (a the 14.00 mark) and the overall winner, The Boston Arts Spirituals Ensemble, was announced in episode six.
to the young students of
Boston Arts Academy’s
A bit like New Englanders this past winter, Scandinavians embrace the sun and light of spring and summer with understandable obsession. Winters can be harsh, especially in Iceland and northern regions of Norway, Finland, and Sweden. Light-starved psyches drink in the magic that ever-longer days and blooming birch trees provide. Fantasy; love lost, found, and imagined; the natural world; and mystical experiences fuel the repertoire in metaphor, stories, poems, dances, and some frolic and silliness to amuse.
Stämbandet will share this emergence from winter with musical highlights from Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Selections span the ages as far back as 1200 in Iceland, to a jazzified rendering of a Swedish folk tune transcribed from piano to voices.
A varied program will keep individuals on the edge, surprised and we think transported by close harmony, speed of song, call across the ocean, lovestruck laments, chirps of a plover, race across the desert, terrorizing cries of an evil elf queen, and more.
Join us May 9th at 7pm in Lexington, Massachusetts at the Follen Church for a journey that requires no passport.
Venture into some enchantment with us. It will be memorable, we promise.
Stämbandet is seeking tenors who have a familiarity with one of the Scandinavian languages and a strong voice. Formal musical training not required though demonstrable musicality is sought.
Stambandet has a culture of excellence and asks for a solid commitment from its singers. On the other side of that commitment however, is tremendous satisfaction at the caliber of performances, range of opportunities to perform - including travel abroad, a strong sense of community amongst the other singers, the unusual and breathtaking arrangements characteristic of the Stämbandet repertoire, and of course the Stämbandet humor.
All interested tenors should email info @ stambandet . org with a summary of interest and experience.
At the 100 year mark of a Lutheran Church in West Barnstable, praises of a heritage that began with Finnish Pastor Alpo Setala will be sung this year - including a Stämbandet offering March 28, 3 and 7pm. The repertoire will no doubt be Finnish heavy, honoring the origins and heritage of this West Barnstable church that following Setala was led by Brunos Wuornos, 1916-1930; Viljo Heiman, 1930-1933; Armas Holmio, 1933-1943, Martin Halinen, 1943-1948; Edwin Kyllonen, 1949-1951; Toivo Harjunpaa, 1951-1956; Douglas Ollila, 1956-62....
Stämbandet, Nordic Vocal Ensemble
9 singers and band | close and many harmonies | a rich and layered, sometimes haunting sound
A collection of posts from the 'GRUPP' (pronounced with special emphasis on the Swedish-like U, Stockholm dialect).